Food by Bazza is all about the food and hospitality world, brought to you by Barry Hancox. Barry has developed his passion for all things food and hospitality, together with local collaborators from chefs to unique independent food and drink producers, into a consultancy business in the Cotswolds, in the heart of England.  On the Food by Bazza blog Barry loves to share his food life with the world. He is a great supporter of all things local, particularly from The Cotswolds

Barry Hancox has spent over 40 years in the industry he has loved since he first started working in it. His early days were spent in 5 star hotels in London, learning the trade and quickly working his way up to be House Manager at Duke’s Hotel in St James’s, before relocating to the Cotswolds nearly 30 years ago as Manager and then General Manager of the world famous Lygon Arms Hotel, then part of the Savoy Group, where he remained for over 15 years.

Since leaving The Lygon, Barry has owned and run two restaurants (one with rooms) from start up, setting everything up from scratch including design, style, service, technology, staffing and menu choices.  He has since played an integral role in the successful launch of several delis and food retail outlets in the Cotswolds in his role as a consultant. Barry has an indefatigable passion for everything to do with food, being an excellent cook himself, as well as relentlessly high standards which, along with his local partners, he hopes to share through Food by Bazza.

Barry has also developed an interest in mental health issues, particularly within the hospitality industry,  following some personal experiences. He has written about the subject, and the stigma attached to it, on his blog and for other publications. He is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and he volunteers regularly with Springfield Mind at a drop-in group and with one-to-one mentoring.  Barry would love to help organisations to improve the quality of mental health in their workplace.